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Erin Rosenkranz makes with the fancy footwork back in her Whidbey Islanders select soccer days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Modern-day Erin, killin’ it in the classroom. (Photo courtesy Kerry Rosenkranz)

She shoots and scores, one more time.

Former Coupeville soccer standout Erin Rosenkranz continues to win awards, but these days most of them come in the world of academics.

The CHS grad was honored Friday by Western Washington University, named as the school’s 2020 Outstanding Biochemistry Student.

The award is named for Professor Sea Bong Chang, who taught at Western from 1964-1972.

Rosenkranz, who competed in soccer and track and field for the Wolves, is working towards her Masters in Biochemistry.

During her high school days, Erin was a top-notch student and a stellar athlete, one who earned enshrinement in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

She is joined in the digital shrine by mom Kerry (McCormick) Rosenkranz, a top CHS cross country runner in the ’80s, and dad Scott, one of the soccer coaches who fueled a boom in the sport on Whidbey Island.

Balancing two soccer teams, as she also played for the Whidbey Islanders select squad, Erin Rosenkranz was a First-Team All-League pick during her senior season at CHS.

She also took home the team MVP award that year.

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After a standout career at Coupeville High School on the soccer pitch and track oval, Mallory Kortuem will run in college, as well. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

In a non-pandemic world, Mallory Kortuem would be running for a state title next weekend.

The Coupeville High School senior, who holds four school track and field records, finished 2nd in the 400 last spring and would have been the odds-on favorite to wear the 1A girls crown this year.

While schools being shut down by COVID-19 prevented her from making a triumphant return to Eastern Washington, it’s not the end of Kortuem’s track career, however.

She has signed a letter of intent to run for Western Washington University, an NCAA D-II school, and will receive a partial scholarship.

The Vikings compete out of the 11-school Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which also includes Central Washington University and Seattle Pacific University.

Kortuem knows she’ll be running in the 400 for WWU, which has indoor and outdoor track seasons. After that, things are wide open.

“I am planning on trying the 200 as well, and I might be put on a 4 x 400 team,” she said.

“I have also been interested in trying the 800, which I would have tried this year, but I did not get the chance,” Kortuem added. “All I know for sure by the coaches is the 400.”

Mom Heather smooches the youngest of her three superstar children.

In between practices and meets, the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer will study kinesiology, and may go into graduate school after her time at Western.

During her time at CHS, Kortuem was a standout soccer player as well as track and field star.

She departs holding school records in the 400 (58.02) and pole vault (8-10), while also being part of record-setting 4 x 100 (50.54) and 4 x 200 (1:46.13) relay squads, with all of those marks set during her junior campaign.

Kortuem earned four state meet medals through her junior season, one of just seven girls in CHS history to reach that mark since the school opened in 1900.

A college track career begins with putting pen to paper on your letter of intent. (Photo courtesy Kortuem)

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Ally Roberts collects all the ribbons. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Roberts)

They don’t call her “Rally Ally” for nothing.

Former Coupeville High School volleyball ace Ally Roberts is also an accomplished equestrian, and she saved her biggest performance for her last time in the saddle.

Roberts, who is on her way to graduating from Western Washington University, won a regional championship in Advanced Western Horsemanship Saturday, and will stretch out her farewell tour a bit farther.

While Saturday’s meet at Evergreen State Equestrian Park was the final one of the regular season, the WWU captain now advances on to the post-season.

As regional champ, Roberts is off to West Virginia in late March to compete in the national semifinals.

A top-two finish there would send her to the national championships.

For Roberts, this is the perfect cap on her collegiate sports experience.

“It was such an awesome way to finish out our regular season!,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming and it all finally happened.

“This is an accomplishment I’ve been trying to achieve for the past three years!”

Roberts opened the meet by nabbing first in her class, which allowed her to “point out,” earning her enough points over the course of the season to qualify for regional competition.

Once there, she faced off with riders from Central Washington University, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Washington State University, and Oregon State University.

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CHS grad Ally Roberts (second from right) continues to collect ribbons as a college athlete. (Photo property of Western Washington Equestrians Facebook page)

Ally Roberts is going out with a bang.

The Coupeville High School grad is nearing the end of her run at Western Washington University, but, before she graduates, she intends to pick up a few more ribbons and trophies.

Roberts is captain of the WWU equestrian team, continuing a run of horse-related success which began when she was just a young rider back on Whidbey Island.

Western Washington won team high point both days running this past weekend at an eight-team equestrian meet, while Roberts claimed 1st in her class.

The event was a Hunt Seat competition, where riders jumped over fences and rode on the flat.

WWU went up against Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Central Washington University, Washington State University, Willamette University, and the University of British Columbia.

While she was happy with her own performance, Roberts was especially thrilled to see her teammates soar as well.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for a young team,” she said. “Most of our team graduated last year, so we are primarily a freshman driven group.

“And they SHOWED UP this weekend!!”

Roberts is nearing the end of her run at WWU, but going out as a team leader makes the experience that much better.

“Getting to be a captain made it that much more fulfilling, because I’m so excited to see where the team will go in the next couple years” she said. “Since I am graduating in the summer I am coming to an end in my college career, which is bittersweet, but it has been a great three years on the team.”

The season isn’t done just yet, however, as WWU hosts a show in Lynden the first weekend of February.

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Back row, l to r, are Anya Leavell, Lucy Tenore, Hannah Davidson, Scout Smith, Zoe Trujillo, Raven Vick, Chelsea Prescott, Cory Whitmore. Front, Emma Mathusek, Maya Toomey-Stout, Lucy Sandahl. (Photo courtesy Charlotte Young)

It’s been a busy summer so far for Cory Whitmore.

The Coupeville High School volleyball coach has been running around non-stop since school got out, bouncing from camp to camp.

Whether with the Wolves in Bellingham for the Western Washington University camp, or bouncing around the state by himself, it’s been a whirlwind.

Having been given a (brief) break, Whitmore filed this report from the bleachers in Pullman, where he was networking and coaching at the Washington State University camp.

WWU camp was fantastic.

The coaches, staff and players are very attentive to our goals and needs and run a well-organized and challenging camp.

They took us through some game challenges that extenuated strengths and exposed some weaknesses.

A big focus for us was to improve our attacking efficiency by creating comfortable serve receive options.

Losing Emma (Smith) and Ashley (Menges) (to graduation) meant that players had to step up from the JV speed to match the varsity game and expectations and I’m really excited about the ease in which players stepped up across the board.

We had seven seniors with us at camp and so the experience was extremely valuable to have, as there was a single junior, sophomore and freshman to round out our roster of 10.

We competed well and calmly and that’s a product of our senior leadership and experience.

This group works very well together already but we wanted to stress the productive communication and inclusivity of the entire team and we took great steps toward that goal.

Plenty to work on and we’re looking forward to the start of the season!

I’m really proud of how leaders stepped up and younger players followed.

Going to be a fun one with a great group! Go Wolves!

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